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Gungahlin Community Council goes into bat for Magnet Mart

By johnboy 13 March 2013 24

The GCC is kicking up a fuss over the Stalinist command and control based land planning in the ACT which is going to plonk a Bunnings down next to the Magnet Mart.

The Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13 March will hear a presentation on pre Development Application consultation relating to the proposed development of a Bunnings Warehouse on the hitherto ‘abandoned’ site opposite the Gungahlin College.

The location is Block 1 Section 4 bounded by Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gribble Street, Hibberson Street & Franz Bormann Close – immediately adjoining the Magnet Mart carpark.

This site was excavated many years ago in anticipation of a bulky goods development taking place. Inaction has resulted in the site being an eyesore for a considerable period of time. GCC has commented that progress on commencing much needed development is extremely slow in the Town Centre.

Over the past several years significant consultation has taken place about the need for improved public transport facilities in Gungahlin. Gribble Street has been ‘earmarked’ for a major transit hub – the likely terminus of the Light Rail service, the interchange for new rapid bus services between Belconnen & Gungahlin & the provision of bike storage facilities to encourage greater patronage of Bike’n’Ride services. The proposed location of enlarged Park’n’Ride facilities within 1 block was predicated on the basis of the transit hub being developed & expanded.

GCC is still ‘peeved’ that a reason for not locating the new Northside sub-acute hospital in Gungahlin was that the land in & around the Town Centre was too valuable for low level developments.

Yet the planners continue to limit developments to a maximum of 4 storeys/levels & continue to ‘approve’ low level developments. GCC wants to see a mix of densification (in the Town Centre) & low-level residential development (suburbs) to add to the appeal of Gungahlin as a liveable area.

If all available land is sold off for low level development it is unlikely that sufficient critical mass will eventuate in the Town Centre to attract all the services & amenities needed by a population base rapidly heading towards 50,000 with the potential to reach 100,000.

GCC wants to see a review of any Gungahlin Master Plan or precinct plan to ensure that the current situation does not get any worse. There is a growing chorus of complaints from residents about poor or apparent lack of planning, not only in the Town Centre but in many Gungahlin suburbs.

Longer term planning suggests that the proposed bulky goods site would be more effectively used as a modern transit hub complete with more commercial & entertainment facilities. Adequate vacant land suitable for another large hardware store exists close to Mitchell.


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Holden Caulfield 11:21 am 14 Mar 13

puggy said :

I realise we have to be patient for development to occur, as it you pointed out in Tuggeranong, but at least they left suitable land available on which to develop office space etc. That’s what I’m worried about: developments going up everywhere and then the ACT Government saying “aww shucks, no room left for what we really need”.

Yeah, that’s fair enough. I’d always figured that office developments would be best suited on the other side of the town centre, where the hospital could have been a good addition.

I’m not sure having the school opposite a Bunnings is that much of a concern. Would a Bunnings that much worse than a Good Guys or whoever? There’s still going to be parking and other concerns that need addressing.

While not an exact replica, it’s not that far removed from Marist and the car yards of Phillip. Although I acknowledge the space between the two sites is much closer in the Gungahlin example.

puggy 10:29 am 14 Mar 13

Holden Caulfield said :

So, to be clear, it’s only the location that people are objecting to.

Pretty much that’s my only objection. I would rather a Bunnings to be frank.

Holden Caulfield said :

Although, given the Bunnings is proposed to be right next door to the existing Magnet Mart store your Immigration comment is a little odd, but never mind. What’s next to Immigration? More office buildings. What’s next to Bunnings Belconnen, tyre shops, car yards and petrol stations, y’know, just like in Gungahlin. Actually, the same stuff that’s over the road from the DIAC car park.

What I meant by the DIAC building comment is that DIAC is right next to the mall, the focal point of the town centre. Bunnings in Belco is not right next to the mall and in fact was built on land that probably wouldn’t have been good for much else. This site in Gungahlin is on Hibberson, would put a Bunnings right next to the “mall”, so to speak. I could also argue about the equivalence of that little loop in Gungahlin with it’s one tyre shop, one service centre and two petrol stations to Belco’s “industrial area” west of Josephson, but that’s deviating.

I realise we have to be patient for development to occur, as it you pointed out in Tuggeranong, but at least they left suitable land available on which to develop office space etc. That’s what I’m worried about: developments going up everywhere and then the ACT Government saying “aww shucks, no room left for what we really need”.

JC 7:22 am 14 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

b2 said :

Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to be rebranded as Home Hardware.

That explains why they’ve arranged a Home Hardware banner around the Magnet Mart sign over the Qbn store. Interesting. Are they the ones who have those fake dogs in their ad?

They used to have dogs and their famous Dogalogues.They dropped that from their advertising recently and are now ‘where the tradies shop” or something like that.

JC 7:19 am 14 Mar 13

peitab said :

b2 said :

Magnet Mart is owned by the Danks Group and is about to rebranded as Home Hardware. The Danks group is owned by Woolworths. Coles owns Bunnings, so it will be the perfect battle.

Really? I didn’t know that. I’ll stop going out of my way to patronise Magnet Mart instead of Bunnings now that I know it’s owned by one of the evil two.

Also, before knowing that Magnet Mart was owned by Woolies, I was outraged that Bunnings could be opening up down the street from it. Now I couldn’t care less.

Danks brought Magnet Mart in 2010, so you must have been behind the mountain and clearly supporting Woolworths all this time without even knowing it.

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